Have been reading this forum for a while but only now needed to post.
I'm after some advice on buying my first pair of ski's.
I live in Australia and ski all most exclusively here - I would like to expand to NZ/Japan/Elsewhere but time/funds are always an issue. This means that it is mostly groomed runs.
My skill level is that I can handle blue runs with ease - I often just have fun on them riding switch and doing 360's/lame little jumps. Black runs I can do depending on the mountain, but it is usually concentrate time, not relax time. I would not describe myself as a technical skiier - I don't do proper pole plants.
Physically I am mid 20's, 179cm tall (5'11") and 82kg (180lbs). I am fairly strong in the legs.
So, what do I want from the ski?
Essentially this will be my only set of ski's for the first couple of years so I would like it to be fairly versatile. Having said that, I gather than a proper all mountain ski is likely to be too wide in the waist for Australian conditions given our lack of powder.
I really enjoy skiing switch - prob do it up to 30% of the time - so would like twin tips.
Am starting in the park - usual noob tricks like sliding straight forwards across the lowest table :)
I plan to buy them online and ship them over, so website like levelninesports.com are useful.
So, my research so far has lead me to the Head BlackJack 80s
They seem like they might be good for what I want - relatively narrow at 81 in the waist. Turn radius is prob a bit bigger than ideal, but then I expect I will be more skill limited than ski limited. Would these be too big at 181cm? 2cm taller than me.
So far I have just skiied on rentals, which are usually head big easy. From memory they usually give me the 160's (maybe 170's) and I have been doing the above on these. From what I can find online they are quite narrow - low 70's. Will I find an 80-85mm ski too hard to turn? Or is it an easy transition.
I'm happy to get some lessons with my new gear.
Open to any other suggestions, and your help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance